Seminar Brings Students from 46 Schools to DC to Attend Presidential Inauguration

Inauguration 2013 Seminar

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars Hosts Presidential Inauguration Seminar.

WASHINGTON, DC – Over 400 college students from across the country descended on the nation’s capital this week to attend The Washington Center’s Inauguration Seminar. As part of a two-week program, students and faculty will participate in a series of discussions, site visits and guest lectures that will culminate in attending public inauguration events and swearing-in ceremony.

“The inauguration and swearing-in ceremony is such a symbolic tradition for our country,” said Mike Smith, president of The Washington Center. “Every four years Americans tune in to the coverage of the inauguration and a lucky few watch from the parade route. The Washington Center gives students that opportunity for a front row seat, while at the same time learning about the transition of political power from today’s political leaders and journalists.”

Students will hear inauguration staff, political leaders and White House news correspondents share personal stories of presidential campaigns, elections and national policy. Historians and renowned professors will host interactive discussions on political appointments, congressional confirmations and policy agendas. A few of the speakers include:

  • Ken Walsh, Chief White House Correspondent, U.S. News & World Report
  • Scott Horsley, White House Correspondent, National Public Radio
  • Janet Hook, Political Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
  • Steve Scully, Senior Executive Producer/ Host, C-SPAN
  • Brian Lamb, Founder, C-SPAN
  • Owen Ullman, Editor, USA Today
  • Tavis Smiley, Host, The Tavis Smiley Show, PBS
  • Ben LaBolt, Senior Advisor, Presidential Inaugural Committee
  • Frank Fahrenkoph, Co-Chair, Commission on Presidential Debates
  • Michael McCurry, Co- Chair, Commission on Presidential Debates
  • Eugene Kang, Special Projects Coordinator/Confidential Asst. to the Office of the President
  • Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform
  • Rodell Mollineau, President, American Bridge 21st Century
  • Don Ritchie, United States Senate Historian
The Washington Center

The Washington Center is the largest and most established student internship program in Washington, D.C. Since our founding, we've helped more than 60,000 young people translate their college majors into career paths. We use our scale and expertise to customize each student’s experience to be truly transformative.